Kindling

A spring morning much like others, some daffodils rain-beaten, some perked. Daphne’s lemony fragrance when near enough. The outdoor little library bookcase at the neighbor’s frames the same mythologies, travel guides, and who-dun-its that got us through winter’s downpours. At the abandoned school, morning changes. A man rakes the baseball diamond, listening on earphones that […]

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Still Here

Franziska Hofhansel is an aspiring screenplay and fiction writer from Providence, Rhode Island. Still Here She wore a tattered blue dress displaying what was left of her curves and he, a faded flannel, unfashionably ripped jeans and a hazy smile. She held him a second too long and asked him where he’d gotten his cologne. […]

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Reckoning

Reckoning Men finger pockets, lick lips, squint into the bright light of too much possibility. Women narrow eyes like foxes guarding layers. The world has become Winter. They read about growing tomatoes, generators; watching the headlines and the skylines, skittish, waiting. Storms in the sun, holes in the sky. Your father holds his bible, looking […]

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Winter Mosaic

Frost pastes a mosaic of downed old leaves rimmed in rime. Like teacup dregs and tarot cards splayed on sugared tables, readings of left behinds, these patchworks pinch in icy grout. Leafy feathers fly, wings wish, ash fires and golden glooms to muted stars and folded moons, fans of ginko grace, sweet-gummed prickles, silver bristles […]

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Winter Fruit

By mid-February we have forgotten the taste of strawberries. We make love with bombs falling in deserts we’ll never see. This room is silent, save for the sound of our own breath. Perhaps we feel as though twilight is falling too quickly. We close our eyes and breathe into each others mouths.

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Untitled #4

Simon Perchik is an attorney whose poems have appeared in Partisan Review, The Nation, Poetry, Osiris, The New Yorker and elsewhere. His most recent collection is Almost Rain, published by River Otter Press (2013).   It’s a short step from winter and the bed yet you can’t hear its sheet narrow, become the stream pouring from […]

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#100DaysofDepression Are Over

Day 88. Almost like spring. #100daysofdepression A post shared by Lauren Hudgins (@laurenhudgins) on Feb 13, 2015 at 2:22pm PST Spring has come early to Portland. My garden is full of daffodils and crocuses. The magenta magnolia in front of the house is blooming its deep purple cup flowers. I have planted snap peas outside […]

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Order Up: Memoirs of a Waitress

So, today—well, it’s like everyday, but sometimes more connective than others. A small sea of tables wait quietly and orderly in the dining room. Glinting glassware waiting to be filled. Empty tables waiting for me to wait. Every newly seated table is a microcosm, a little world unto itself. Walking up is a quick study’s […]

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Winter Is Coming…Complete With Art, Fashion & Beer

Nicolas Kelly and Katie Greiner walk in last year's Big Chill.
Nicolas Kelly and Katie Greiner walk in last year’s Big Chill.

This Friday, Grand Central Bowl marries more than a few of Portland’s favorite things at Big Chill, a lifestyle event presented by Widmer Brothers Brewing with fashion show produced by Jillian Rabe, LLC.

Both the launch of Widmer’s Brrr Seasonal Ale and the runway show of cool-weather gear compete to steal the show, but add the mixed media art, photo booth, music and silent auction benefitting the Snowdays Foundation and we have a high-energy, many-moving-parts event. I mentioned this all takes place in a bowling alley, right?

As Jillian puts it, there is no shortage of stuff to do.

The bowling lanes become the runway for the show, featuring a fresh mix of local brands and retailers, heavily leaning toward skate, street and snow style.

Model Alex Green on the Big Chill 2012 runway.
Model Alex Green on the Big Chill 2012 runway.

“Style is a more appropriate word to use than fashion for this event, which I really like,” Jillian says.

She purposefully books a range of models: some are working models and others are people who are active in their community. This show is one of her favorites to produce because of the opportunity to showcase and celebrate a wider variety of models.

“Not everyone is going to be the audience-expected high-fashion model.”

Retailers include Mojave, West Burnside’s new boutique on the block, which manages a perfect mix of rustic PDX and new-school-cool LA. Bringing the street and snow to the event are Unheard, a Portland-based skateboard company that focuses on skate decks and graphic tees, and Seattle-based ski and snowboard shop Evo. Local headwear company Capture will be joining the runway for the first time, and funky Portland-based lounge-wear brand Funsie returns as a crowd favorite (because really, what’s better than a onsie?).

Not by accident, Big Chill is a celebration of what makes Portland special: A fun, inclusive community vibe with great art, fashion, beer and music. Plus, it helps those of us dreading months of clouds and rain remember what’s fun about the Northwest in the winter.

I asked Jillian what she likes about Portland once the days get shorter and darker.

Immediately: “Knee socks and tall boots!” She adds: “Any opportunity to wear my big boots. Plus my Blackmilk leggings, which of course no female should go without. They are love with all of our bodies, which is very cool.”

Jillian Rabe: Whatever your version of brightness or happiness, intergrate it into your winter life.
Jillian Rabe: Whatever your version of brightness or happiness, integrate it into your winter life.

She adds that for her, colder days mean styling herself a little more creatively and using more color.

“Winter is fun because the given is that you are going to be layering, the given is that it is going to be cold. It’s a cool opportunity to tell really complete stories with your styling.”

Beyond mastering the art of getting out the door feeling great in what you are wearing, she adds that getting a leg up on your goals can be empowering—whether it’s style or music or working out or spending time with friends.

“You know change and rebirth is on its way with the New Year, and getting ahead of that is a really fun and opportunity and challenge.”

Come celebrate the impending chill Friday November 22 at Grand Central Bowl, 9:00pm. Free! Visit Jillian’s Instagram for more: @JillianRabe and her website here.

Important facts about Brrr Seasonal Ale:

  • Malts: Pale, Carmel 10L & 80L, Carapils, Dark Chocolate
  • Hops: Alchemy Hop Blend, Cascade, Simcoe
  • ABV: 7.2%
  • OG: 17.0° Plato
  • IBU: 50
  • Color: 22L

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